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  • Blog Post: Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps

    Microsoft Project Siena is a Windows 8 app which allows you to develop more Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required. The process starts by placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your page: images, videos, buttons, lists, checkboxes, whatever they might be. You can link your visuals to...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to write a 3D Software Engine from scratch in C#/WinRT & in HTML5 using TypeScript or JavaScript.

    With the announcement and availability of Windows 8.1 its now the perfect opportunity for game developers to build games in HTML5 WebGL for IE11.  HTML5 and JavaScript are excellent starting point for Windows App developers , simply because if your game works in IE 11 then the Windows Store app...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Games with Construct 2

    Guest post by Henry Hoffman from Mudvark. Who are Mudvark Mudvark are an independent games studio based in Central London. Specialising in crafting award-winning games for a variety of platforms, they have self-published titles which include Mortar Mellon for Windows8 and Windows Phone 8 . Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop.com Create Apps and Games Anywhere on all devices

    Do you remember this? Well now you can do much more… on any device which supports Html5   So what is Touchdevelop.com •Create apps on mobile devices for mobile devices •Create and run apps instantly on any HTML5 enabled device (PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet) •Requires HTML5 Web browsers (IE10, Chrome...
  • Blog Post: Get in the Game… Create some Games over summer with Construct2 HTML5/JS

    Scirra have teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new Windows 8-based competition with some fantastic prizes ! Create a new game with Construct 2, or port an existing one, and successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by June 21st to be entered in to the competition. Allow a week for the store submission...
  • Blog Post: Build your next great Windows 8 Game using these FREE Resources

    Simply visit http://wootstudio.ca/win8platstarter   1. Download your free Visual Studio for Windows 8 for all the tools you will need.         2. Download the Platformer Game Starter Kit . 3. Mix it up and build your own epic game using FREE Art work 4. Open...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Azure Construct2 Plugin for gaming backend services.

    This plugin for Construct 2 makes it easy to integrate the power of Azure Mobile Services into your games for Windows 8. Saving to the cloud is a great way to seamlessly store data for achievements, leaderboards, save games, user data and lots more! Example basic use case: The player gets a new high...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn HTML5 Game Development

    Yeti Bowl has been developed to instruct and inspire developers to produce games in HTML5. YetiBowl is now a Triple Play teaching solution supporting Window 8 App, Web and Windows Phone 8 its codebase is FREE on CodePlex .  So if your interested in teaching HTML5 for the web or for apps its perfect...
  • Blog Post: Scirra Construct2 a tool for students to rapidly develop games for Windows 8

    Guest blog by Andrew Wilson , Course Director, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, Birmingham City University Introducing students to the processes of game development that is designing, prototyping, play testing and refining the original idea has to be fun and engaging. Many students joining game...
  • Blog Post: Get FREE certification exam for 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

      Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s): counts as credit toward the following certification(s): MCSD: Web Applications MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5 Use code : HTMLJMP for a free exam credit, the exam...
  • Blog Post: December Construct2 Windows 8 HTML5 games competition results

    In December we announced a number of competitions in partnership with various middleware vendors, the aim of the competition was to simply design, develop and publish a Windows 8 game using one of the various middleware technologies. I am happy to confirm the winners! of the Scirra Construct2 competition...
  • Blog Post: Using Construct2 to build a HTML5 Window 8 Game

         Using Construct 2 to build an awesome Windows 8 HTML5 game. Construct2 is a superb application for building HTML5 games, you can download the Free edition and get going with the Beginner's guide to get started on building great games in a very short time period also I have produced...
  • Blog Post: Get your free HTML5 exam voucher

    Learn to develop Windows Apps with HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3 Get your free HTML5 exam voucher Take the online course for free Get ahead of your competition: Earn your MCSD certifications and start developing Windows 8 web and Windows store apps. We’ll get you started with our “Programming in HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Open technologies support for Windows Phone 8

    At /build a number of open source communities announced their support for Windows Phone 8 SDK availability , along with other partners . There are several open source frameworks to choose from today. Apache Cordova (known as PhoneGap) now supports Windows Phone 8 Sencha Touch 2 arrives with added support...
  • Blog Post: Learning to build a HTML5 Windows 8 game in 15 lessons

    So you want to build a game for Windows 8? Well we want to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to compile all the resources you could use to develop a short course for your school, college or University students using Scirra Construct 2 and HTML5...
  • Blog Post: ATARI and IE new CreateJS Libraries

    Are you teaching gaming or web development? Modern ‘Atari Arcade’ Experience Features Fresh Graphics, Social Connectivity and Tablet Touch Gameplay, Play Now for Free at Atari.com Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and developers of interactive entertainment, has developed a partnership...
  • Blog Post: Want to create a HTML5 game for Windows 8? And publish it to the new Windows Store?

      HTML5 Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 This is a great starter kit developed by one of my colleague Petri Tapio Wilhelmsen who is a member of the Microsoft Western Europe team. As you can see from my previous posts were aware many of the apps that are submitted to the Windows Store are failing certification...
  • Blog Post: So what is so exciting about the gaming opportunity for Microsoft now within Education

      Students now have lots of options when it comes to language, framework and tools for creating their projects and assessments and this is now true for developing a game for Windows 8. GenerationApp provides design and technical consultations, video tutorials and technical articles that will help...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Training camp in a box

    The Windows 8 Camp in a Box is now available for download .  It includes all of the presentations, code samples, and hands on labs ideal for you getting your curricula up to date with Windows8. The content is available in both XAML/C# and HTML/JavaScript versions.   If you have been looking...
  • Blog Post: Gaming Courses and Curricula are you thinking/teaching cloud

    Social applications (games, sharing, and location-based applications and services) are very quickly becoming the most prominent types of applications. These social applications have the potential to grow from a few users to millions of users in an incredibly short period of time, and as such, they need...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows 8 Apps in the curricula

             Last week Geoff and I attended a number of University graduation showcase events across the country, firstly thank you for the invites and its great to see the outcomes of students projects and the use of Microsoft Technology. A number of students and academics...
  • Blog Post: Learn to create Windows 8 apps with HTML and JS with UBelly

    As we announced almost a month ago, the Windows 8 consumer preview is now available to download and develop for. However, the Windows Store won’t be open for apps until Windows 8 is available for consumer release.   Ubelly are offering the opportunity to get in early… Last week we on the Ubelly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Open Technologies, Inc.

    Microsoft has created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc to advance Microsoft’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source.  The Interoperability Strategy team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous open...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technical Associate HTML5 exam now available

    About MTA Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an entry-level certification that validates the fundamental technology knowledge that students and other new entrants to IT need to start building a career in Microsoft technologies. MTA helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for...
  • Blog Post: Great news for Universities who are using PhoneGap for App development – Full Support for Windows Phone

    PhoneGap version 1.3 has just been announced with full support for Windows Phone We want to highlight that all the features of the popular mobile framework are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. The Microsoft Interoperability team have blogged about this here . This release extends the cross-platform capabilities...
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